Social services commissioner resigns

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The commissioner of the Kentucky
department that oversees child abuse cases has resigned amid
growing criticism of the department.

Patricia R. Wilson, who was appointed commissioner of the state
Department for Community Based Services in 2008, said in a letter
dated Dec. 2 that her resignation would be effective on Dec. 19.

Gwenda Bond, who is a spokeswoman for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, said Wilson's decision was a personal one.

The department has come under increasing criticism for its
handling of child abuse cases after records were released in the
death of a 9-year-old girl who was beaten to death.

The files showed that social workers ignored reports that the
girl was being abused and has led to calls for a review the state's
child-welfare system.

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